How To Reach Out To Recruiters with Message Examples
Did you recently graduate or go through a coding bootcamp? Maybe you’re just thinking about a career change after being with the same company for 5+ years. You login to LinkedIn, and decide to go through the “jobs” section to peruse new opportunities. You see a job that you’re interested in, or maybe even ecstatic about. The hiring manager or recruiter is shown on the job posting. You start to feel overwhelmed and start talking to yourself.
“How should I approach this?”
“Should I reach out to the recruiter that’s been posting about the opening?”
“What if they don’t think I’m capable?”
“I have one chance to make a good first impression.”
We’ve all been there.
We’ve all been in a situation where we don’t know exactly what to say. The anxiety starts taking over and we start to feel some imposter syndrome creeping up behind us. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to LinkedIn’s statistics page, there are 95 job applications submitted every second and 50 million people that are using LinkedIn to search for jobs every week. For the best opportunity of increasing your network and connecting with recruiters or hiring managers in your industry, you’ll need to make sure that the first impression is your best.
You’ve done your research on the company, you’ve sprucened up your profile, and now you need an effective cold messaging tactic to generate a response.
Let’s start with a connection request.
If you didn’t know, you can only use 300 characters in that first initial request; so make sure to choose your words wisely. This isn’t where you want to waste anyone’s time by listing all of your achievements because your profile should be able to assist with that. Think of the connection request as a trailer, you want to give the person a little snippet that intrigues them to come back for more. Use a call to action at the end of your message. You can even use a simple “Looking forward to connecting!” or “please check out my profile to see how I may be able to help”. Before sending your connection message, proof-read it. You can use a tool like Grammarly to assist with this.
How To Send A LinkedIn Connection Message (300 characters only)
Noticed that you are recruiting for the ____ industry. Would you be open to discuss potentially working together? I’m a _________ (current position) who recently _____ (share a value proposition and experience) and am currently exploring new career opportunities.
I see that you work for _______ (name of recruiting agency or company). I’m currently a ________ interested in exploring the _____ position your company is hiring for. Would you be
open to connecting and discussing in further detail as I’m currently looking to explore new opportunities?
Noticing that you work for __________(name of recruiting agency). I wanted to reach out as I’m currently exploring new career opportunities. I recently graduated from ______ and I’m excited to bring my background and skillset to my next challenge!
Would you be open to grabbing a cup of coffee?
Saw that you mentioned working with _______ on ______ positions. I’ve been a _____ for ____ years and am looking to see what type of opportunities are out there. Would it be crazy to send you my CV to see if there is potential of working together? Looking forward to hearing from you!
Follow-Up Message After An Accepted Connection
Once they accept your connection request, be sure to thank them for accepting the request. If you didn’t already mention which role you’d be interested in applying for, include that in your
follow up or feel free to resurface the mentioned role from your previous message. You’ll also want to include what you can bring to the company that they’re hiring for. Be sure to keep it simple, short, and include the most important part of every message…the call to action.
Thank you for accepting my connection request. Would you be open to discussing the______ position you are currently recruiting for in further detail. More than happy to follow your lead on this, but I can provide a copy of my CV for your review should that make things easier. Please let me know when you would be available for a quick call!
So there you have it!
A simple, easy-to-follow guide for reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn. By using the phrases and formulas I’ve listed, you can take those all important first steps in elevating your career. And if you’re feeling excited about what the future may hold after reading this post, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. We would be more than happy to help connect you with some of the best opportunities in the industry.
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